Debut single part of the upcoming debut album. Isn’t it really regarding discovering an artist at this very early stage? In Limbo by Digital Carbs tugs at your heartstrings. Read our interview with the artist below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
Ambiguous, Electrifying, Emotive
Tell us a few things about your upcoming debut album.
When I first started working on this project back in 2018, I was planning to form a band and play live shows as soon as possible. As I began writing songs, though, I realized I had yet to find my own sound. So I wrote a lot of them and time passed. Then the pandemic hit and finding other people to rehearse with, let alone play live shows, got a lot harder. So I just kinda kept writing. And in a way this may actually have been a good thing, as I believe my songwriting really made another huge leap during this period. In 2021, having over 30 songs under my belt, I decided it was about time to get some of the material out there. I spent the majority of my time last year recording what I think are my best songs to date and self-produced the entire album. While it was an insane amount of work, I am really happy with the result and I learned a ton during the process. I think the album has a really unique sound to it and really reflects who I am as an artist right now. And I can’t wait to share it with the world!
In Limbo is about big decisions. What was the most difficult decision you have had to make (and of course you are willing to share with us)?
While there were certainly big decisions that I had to make in my life, I feel like I’ve always been pretty clear about what I really want. I have a master’s degree in Bioinformatics. After years of study, you’d think I would look for a well-paying job in that industry. But I decided to only work part-time so that I could still concentrate my energy on making music.
The hardest thing lately has been deciding that it is time to get my songs out. Am I really ready to present my music to the public? Is it good enough? I think in a way you never feel like you are quite ready for it. And this is what In Limbo is mainly about. Less about which decision to make. You have already decided what you want. But you actually have to go through with it and not allow yourself to get paralyzed by the possible outcome.
Which is your most personal and honest lyric (Feel free to include your unreleased upcoming material)?
“Come on beat me up
So I can go
I’m caring so much more
Than I can show”
From my song ‘Just So You Know’, which will be on the album as well. I am a pretty introverted person. At the same time I am always very careful to not hurt anyone. So sometimes I wish people would give me an obvious reason to distance myself without having to open up and justify myself.
Which is your most intimate album of the past decade? Also artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
I will have to go with Current Joys’ 2018 record ‘A different age’.
The songs just sound pretty intimate with their sparse arrangements and Nicks raw and emotional vocal delivery. Definitely gets me sentimental every time I listen to it.
As far as influences go, Radiohead is certainly a big one. I listen to a lot of indie rock, Big Thief being my most streamed artist of the last year. I love the dreamy and psychedelic sound of bands like Crumb and heavier psych rock such as All Them Witches. Contemporary jazz acts like GoGo Penguin, Portiquo Quartet and BadBadNotGood. I used to listen to a lot of progressive rock / metal, so naturally bands like Tool or Porcupine Tree have left a lasting impact on my songwriting, I think. I am also a huge sucker for British post punk, especially the bands revolving around the Brixton Windmill. Can’t wait for the new Black Country, New Road album. They have been killing it with their singles so far.
What do you love/hate about Munich. And how do you relate to its music scene?
It’s certainly a nice city to live in. You have lots of nature with the English Garden and the Isar.
The city is not that huge either, so I can still get anywhere easily with my bike, which is cool. Munich is very clean and posh, which can feel a bit uptight and dishonest. I also kinda like the more urban and run down aesthetic of other cities. And did I mention that all shops close at 8? So if you just want to grab a couple beers after that, you’re out of luck. Also the alternative scene might not be as pronounced as in Berlin or Hamburg, for example. Which doesn’t mean it’s not there. You just have to look a little harder. As far as music goes, there are definitely loads of very talented musicians located here. Some cool venues like Import Export and Glockenbachwerkstatt offer great opportunities for local bands. There are also cool event series like ‘Behind the Green Door’, which focuses more on psychedelic, jazz and more experimental genres. They have some dope visuals at their shows, too!
What is the story behind your name?
Well, who doesn’t love some good carbohydrates? There is no story behind it, really. However, here are some of my thoughts. Carbs are an essential part of our diet. Digital Carbs could refer to all sorts of things that we have become increasingly dependent on in the digital age. And much like Carbs, some of them are detrimental to our health when not consumed in moderation. But basically, I just think it sounds cool and it’s pretty memorable.
What isn’t a crime but should be?
Listening to music on your phone or laptop speaker. It physically hurts my ears.
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